Texans vs. Patriots: Final Player Grades, Report Card for New England

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Texans vs. Patriots: Final Player Grades, Report Card for New England
The New England Patriots seek a berth in the AFC Championship when they play the Texans on Sunday.

New England Patriots 41, Houston Texans 28

The New England Patriots had the Houston Texans’ number this season. The Patriots played the Texans both in the regular season and in the postseason, and won both games fairly convincingly.

The first win gave them the home-field advantage that they had for Sunday’s game. The second win earned them a berth in the AFC Championship Game, which they will also play at Gillette Stadium next week against the Baltimore Ravens.

The Patriots came into the game very healthy, but ended up being without some key players: tight end Rob Gronkowski left in the first quarter with a season-ending re-injury to his broken forearm, while running back Danny Woodhead also left in the first quarter with a thumb injury and defensive end Chandler Jones did not play in the second half with an ankle injury.

The players who were on the field stepped up, with most Patriots playing a very good game on Sunday. The following slides analyze which Patriots players were best.

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